Musical's popularity has ups and downs for performers

Musical's popularity has ups and downs for performers
It's entirely possible that Grease will always be the word.

Program gives students chance to work in museum

Grosses, ticket prices up during the 2002-2003 Broadway season

Program gives students chance to work in museum
For Cameron Murray, the budding historian program at the Augusta Museum of History offered an intense study of a subject he enjoys.

Grosses, ticket prices up during the 2002-2003 Broadway season
NEW YORK -- Grosses were up, but then so were ticket prices during the 2002-2003 Broadway season which began strongly, faltered mid-winter and then staged a modest comeback.

Record run concludes at Washington County
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - When Washington County won five games Zack Webb's freshman season, he never dreamed of playing in the postseason.

Red Sox settle lawsuit brought by former Florida bat boys
TAMPA, Fla. -- Seven men who said they were molested as bat boys at the Boston Red Sox spring training camp settled their lawsuit against the team for an undisclosed amount.

Glascock, Long split
GIBSON, Ga. - The Glascock County baseball team will have to play a third game for to see if it can extend the deepest playoff run in school history one more round.

Westside swept from playoffs

Fantasy Baseball: Interleague play adds intrigue

Baker working his magic on baseball's lovable losers

Greenbrier bounced
ATLANTA - Marist first baseman Josh Darby likes his new bat just fine. Greenbrierdidn't like it at all.

Glascock, Long split

Fantasy Baseball: Interleague play adds intrigue
As interleague play begins Tuesday, fantasy baseball owners can reflect on how it has affected their game since 1997 and can tailor their lineups to account for the trends that have developed.

Glascock makes first Final Four
GIBSON, Ga. - It's a long drive to the west Georgia town of Breman, but the Glascock County baseball team welcomes next week's trip.

Record run concludes at Washington County
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - When Washington County won five games Zack Webb's freshman season, he never dreamed of playing in the postseason.

Baker working his magic on baseball's lovable losers
CHICAGO -- Memorial Day has come and gone, the temperatures are rising and June is fast approaching. For the Chicago Cubs' faithful, that usually means one thing - time to write off another season and start holding out hope for next year.

Westside swept from playoffs
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. - The feeling coursing through his veins, Westside senior Brandon Stelter said, was indescribable.

On vacation? Brace yourself for e-mail onslaught

Caden Alexander Clamp
Lee and Leisa Clamp of Barnwell, S.C., announce the birth of a son, Caden Alexander Clamp, Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Faircloth and Mr. and Mrs. Alex Clamp, both of Williston, S.C.

Grayson Bailey Brackett
Matthew L. and Jennifer T. Brackett of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Grayson Bailey Brackett, Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Pat Sullivan of Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tipton of North Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Dan Brackett of McDonough, Ga.

Caden Alexander Clamp

Samantha Evelyn Thaxton

Kylie Elizabeth-Grace Towns
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin L. Towns of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Kylie Elizabeth-Grace Towns, Monday, May 19, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Les and Francine Towns of Augusta, and Robert Maitland and Deborah Lease, both of Columbus, Ga.

Ethan Clay Richey

Samantha Evelyn Thaxton
Brian and Dawn Thaxton of Thomson announce the birth of a daughter, Samantha Evelyn Thaxton, Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Glen and Phoebe Brenchley of Norwood, Ga., Larry and Judy Lendman of Thomson and Jay Thaxton of Evans.

Skylar Bradleigh Goss Riley

Evan Russell Finstad

Eliza McNeill Morris

Ethan Clay Richey
Brian and Amy Richey of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Ethan Clay Richey, Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Frank and Beth Chance of Wrens, Ga., and Jim Richey and Wendy Avery, both of Augusta.

Ky'Auna Marie Dennis

Allison Emeria Brouillard
Daniel J. and Cynthia Y. Brouillard of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Allison Emeria Brouillard, Monday, May 12, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David Boersma of McCormick, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. James Brouillard of Augusta.

Brandon Williams Jr.

Ky'Auna Marie Dennis
Michael A. Favor Jr. and Karen M. Dennis, both of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a daughter, Ky'Auna Marie Dennis, Monday, April 28, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mary and Michael Favors Sr. of Augusta, Dave Dennis III of Windsor, and Evelyn E. Dennis of Hephzibah.

Abigayle Louise Chase

Bria Caitlynn Epps

Sarah Michelle Reese

Allison Emeria Brouillard

Kylie Elizabeth-Grace Towns

Adam Tyler Padgett

Alexander James Comella

Sarah Michelle Reese
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Reese of Thomson announce the birth of a daughter, Sarah Michelle Reese, Friday, April 25, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Vest of Dearing, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Santos Martinez of Keysville, Ga., and Myrtle Reece of Harlem.

Hartley Grace McKinzie

Skylar Bradleigh Goss Riley
Brad and Veronica Riley of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Skylar Bradleigh Goss Riley, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Ronald and Annette Barnett of Jackson, Ronnie Goss of Aiken, and Gerald and Margaret Riley of Graniteville.

Jalen Cameron Eady

Isabella Cristina Walters
Christopher and Lysa Walters of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Isabella Cristina Walters, Monday, May 12, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Terry Walters of Augusta, Barbara Broome of Jackson, Ga., and John Gaines of Newnan, Ga.

Isabella Cristina Walters

Abigayle Louise Chase
Steven Roy and Amy Lee Chase of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Abigayle Louise Chase, Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Chuck and Michelle Looper of Evans, Donna Knox of Grovetown, and Clifton R. Chase of Orange, Mass.

Samantha Victoria Foerster
Eugene A. and Doris A. Foerster of Wadley, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Samantha Victoria Foerster, Sunday, May 11, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Miguel Herrera of Chinda, Honduras, and the late Etta B. Foerster.

Alexander James Comella
James and Elizabeth Comella of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Alexander James Comella, Monday, May 19, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Timothy A. Fitzgerald of Augusta and Dr. and Mrs. Martin C. Comella of Martinez.

Tristan Jay Holder
Rodney and Kelli Holder of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Tristan Jay Holder, Saturday, April 12, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Terry Holder of Lincolnton, Ga., John Saxon of Appling, and Patricia Saxon of Martinez.

Grayson Bailey Brackett

Ka'Mari NyKeithen Jones
Kwana Jones of Augusta announces the birth of a son, Ka'Mari NyKeithen Jones, Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mary and Keith Wright of Augusta.

Bria Caitlynn Epps
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher M. Epps of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Bria Caitlyn Epps, Sunday, May 11, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Billy Epps and Carolyn Anderson, all of Augusta, and the late Robert H. Anderson.

Brandon Williams Jr.
Brandon and Renee W. Williams of Trenton, S.C., announce the birth of a son, Brandon Williams Jr., Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Joann and Curtis Wooden Jr. of Wagener, and Joshua and Mattie F. Williams of Trenton.

Brandon Andre' Moore

Sydney Theresa Labanosky
Adam M. and Michelle D. Labanosky of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Sydney Theresa Labanosky, Sunday, May 11, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William D. Adams of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. James A. Labanosky of Bossier City, La.

Samantha Victoria Foerster

Hartley Grace McKinzie
Ken and Jennifer McKinzie of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Hartley Grace McKinzie, Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Everett L. Sessions of Evans and Mr. and Mrs. Herschel McKinzie of Swainsboro, Ga.

Sydney Theresa Labanosky

Brandon Andre' Moore
Jeremy Keith Moore and Tomekia Shantel Hawthorne, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Brandon Andre' Moore, Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are David and Sandra Hawthorne and Bernice Moore, all of Augusta, and the late Ulysses Moore.

Ka'Mari NyKeithen Jones

Jacob Trevor Bedgood

Eliza McNeill Morris
Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Morris of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Eliza McNeill Morris, Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Michael Phillpotts of Martinez, Col. and Mrs. David Purr of Mount Pleasant, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Byron Morris of North Augusta.

Adam Tyler Padgett
George A. and Amanda P. Padgett of Aiken announce the birth of a son, Adam Tyler Padgett, Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Peters of Moncks Corner, S.C., Lucille O. Padgett of Johnston, S.C., and the late George Price Padgett.

Jacob Trevor Bedgood
Brad and Michelle Bedgood of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Jacob Trevor Bedgood, Thursday, April 17, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Dale and Ann Sprinkle of Lizella, Ga., Doug and Donna Creamer of Macon, and Ray and Elise Bedgood of Dalton, Ga.

Evan Russell Finstad
Russell and Kimberly Finstad of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Evan Russell Finstad, Friday, May 16, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Vernon and Dianna Davis of Evans, Herschel and Connie Harrell and Rusty Finstad of Augusta.

Jalen Cameron Eady
Jemeral R. Eady and Crystal A. Covington, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Jalen Cameron Eady, Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Pamela V. Covington and Shirley R. Eady, both of Augusta.

Ruse helps detectives get DNA sample
SEATTLE -- Not long ago, John Nicholas Athan got an official-looking letter about a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of people who had been overcharged on parking tickets. If he wanted to take part in the case, he was told, he had to sign and return the enclosed form.

Rapist's request prompts bill to ban release of victim photos
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- A convicted rapist's attempt to obtain investigative photographs of his victim's genitals has led to passage of an exemption from Florida's open-government "sunshine" law for such pictures. The bill is awaiting Gov. Jeb Bush's signature.

Muslim woman wants to keep on veil for license photo
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Florida's refusal to issue a driver's license to a Muslim woman unless she is photographed without her veil violates her religious rights, an ACLU attorney argued in court Tuesday.

Odds and Ends
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. -- Rock smashes scissors. Paper covers rock. Scissors cut paper.

Odds and Ends
MOUNT AIRY, N.C. -- A small-town chiropractor bent on keeping fees low for the uninsured is relying on an honor system to get paid.

Sheffield fires agent Boras, may represent himself

Braves' batters beat up on Reds
ATLANTA - After failing to record an out in his last start, Cincinnati's Jeff Austin vowed this one would be different, and it was.

Braves rename cheap seats
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves have decided to name their cheapest seats after the town's most famous tightwad.

Atlanta's offense takes pressure off pitchers

Braves rout Reds

Sheffield fires agent Boras, may represent himself
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves outfielder Gary Sheffield fired his agent, Scott Boras, and said he may represent himself in future contract negotiations.

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - There's nothing wrong with Roberto Hernandez's fastball. It still registers 96 mph on the radar gun. It's the location of his pitches that's troubling him.

Atlanta's offense takes pressure off pitchers
ATLANTA - They might find a way to top themselves, but in a season of resounding, record-setting offense, the Atlanta Braves have demonstrated no mercy to opposing pitchers, quite a departure from the offense-as-an-afterthought teams of the past.

Braves notebook

Braves rename cheap seats

Braves rout Reds
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves and Jeff Austin reached a bunch of milestones in the very first inning.

Braves' batters beat up on Reds

Merger ends public company

Business briefs
MIAMI - Aetna won preliminary approval Thursday for a $170 million settlement of a racketeering lawsuit brought by the nation's doctors.

Merger ends public company
With a "'til we meet again," Merry Land Properties Inc.'s chairman, Tennent Houston, concluded the company's final shareholders meeting Wednesday, marking the end to one of the few remaining public companies based in Augusta.

Business briefs
Merchants Credit Bureau, an Augusta-based affiliate of credit reporting agency Experian, announced that its reports will be available online through a Connecticut company's Internet-based lending, leasing and research service.

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $2.86 billion in the latest week to $1.001 trillion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Businesses hope for post's survival

Durable goods fall 2.4 percent in April

Bush signs $350 billion tax-cut into law
WASHINGTON -- President Bush signed a bill on Wednesday that offers $330 billion in tax breaks to families, businesses and investors and $20 billion in state aid - a package less than half the size of the one he initially sought.

Business briefs

Airports trim fuel prices

City courts business from VIPs during tour
The first words of greeting to 30 diplomats and trade representatives visiting Augusta this week included a plea for jobs.

Monsanto plant gets safety award

Stocks finished mixed despite GDP
NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrials and Standard & Poor's 500 snapped their five-day winning streak Thursday as investors gave in to temptation and cashed in their profits. Tech stocks gained on positive reports from the gross domestic product and jobless claims.

Bush signs $350 billion tax-cut into law

Durable goods fall 2.4 percent in April
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket goods fell in April by the largest amount in seven months, fresh evidence that the battered manufacturing sector is the weakest link in the economy's ability to get back to full speed.

College graduates look for debt relief

Businesses hope for post's survival
Whether Jugal Purohit's new Wingate Inn hotel on Gordon Highway can stay in business in coming years should matter to most Augustans.

Business briefs

City courts business from VIPs during tour

Monsanto plant gets safety award
The 190 employees at Monsanto Co.'s bovine hormone plant in Augusta have a sense of humor. After all, dairy cows are the main customer.

Stocks finished mixed despite GDP

College graduates look for debt relief
During his undergraduate tenure at the University of South Carolina Aiken, Wesley Riddle didn't think much about the $10,000 in student loan debt he was racking up.

Airports trim fuel prices
Augusta Regional Airport has a problem, and it's called competition.

Overall GPA of Clemson athletes drops slightly

Overall GPA of Clemson athletes drops slightly
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson athletes had an overall GPA of 2.84 for the spring semester, falling slightly short of last year's recording breaking GPA of 2.85, school officials said Wednesday.

Advancing Ga. justice

Advancing Ga. justice
There was so much time and emphasis on budget issues and spending cuts in this year's Georgia legislature that many good bills didn't get through. But some did.

Bail out agency
The Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia is under investigation on several fronts for corruption, cronyism, sweetheart contracts, and more.

Reform PSC now
Most South Carolinians may not know much about their Public Service Commission, even though it can have a huge impact on their pocketbooks. The PSC regulates and approves - or disapproves - rate changes for state utilities.

Fair and balanced

Sharon's peace talk

Sharon's peace talk
Is Israeli Prime Minster Ariel Sharon on the level?

Fair and balanced
"Taken as a whole, our findings reveal mixed results and balance with some very good casework, some average and some genuine cause for concern."

Bail out agency

Applause calendar
JOKER'S WILD COMEDY TOUR, WITH JOHN WITHERSPOON, DON D.C. CURRY, BRUCE-BRUCE, T.P. HEARNS, ARNAZ J. AND MARVIN DIXON: 8 tonight, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St.; $38.50.

Standing ovations
The Joker's Wild comedy tour, featuring urban stand-up stars Bruce-Bruce, T.P. Hearns, Arnez J., Don "D.C." Curry, Marvin Dixon and John Witherspoon, takes the stage at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center today. Tickets are $38.50. For more information, call 724-2400.

Club calendar
Here is a list of Augusta area clubs.

Festival celebrates history of Beech Island
Once a year, the Beech Island Historical Society attempts a mathematical hat-and-rabbit act, celebrating more than 300 years of history in a single day.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of concerts in the area.

Sony shows PlayStation 'crossover' machine
TOKYO -- Sony Corp. showed on Wednesday a revamped PlayStation 2 video game machine with a built-in DVD recorder and TV tuner, which can download movies and music and is a key part of the company's new business strategy.

Stocks rise modestly despite weak durable-goods orders
NEW YORK -- Brushing aside a report of sluggish factory orders, Wall Street extended its rally Wednesday as it focused instead on hopes for an economic rebound. Upbeat earnings from companies such as Krispy Kreme and Costco fed the market's optimism.

Stocks rise modestly despite weak durable-goods orders

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes
Investors shrugged off a report of sluggish factory orders Wednesday, giving the market a lift. It was the fifth straight win for the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index and the fourth consecutive gain for the Nasdaq composite index.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Fishing report

Fishing report
Schooling fish have been playing hooky on Thurmond Lake this week where strong northwesterly winds have not helped anglers in their searches for the surfacing hybrids, stripers and largemouth bass.

Thai Jong's buffet long on taste
When it comes to buffets, bigger isn't necessarily better.

Moss gardens can be velvety soft yet tough as nails

Couple's gardens produce beautiful memories
The flowers outside Kaye and Harry Weathers' house in Waynesboro, Ga., have almost caused wrecks on the street out front, according to fellow Burkeland Garden Club member Nancy Palmer.

Poor drainage hurts plants

Clematis needs annual pruning
Unpruned, a clematis vine grows increasingly large over the years, bearing flowers higher and higher until the only thing staring you in the face is a tangle of bare, woody stems. Avoid this by pruning - every year.

Poor drainage hurts plants
With all the recent rain, there's a lot of standing water in yards. For the first time in years, some homeowners are discovering they have a drainage problem.

Couple's gardens produce beautiful memories
The flowers outside Kaye and Harry Weathers' house in Waynesboro, Ga., have almost caused wrecks on the street out front, according to fellow Burkeland Garden Club member Nancy Palmer.

Clematis needs annual pruning
Unpruned, a clematis vine grows increasingly large over the years, bearing flowers higher and higher until the only thing staring you in the face is a tangle of bare, woody stems. Avoid this by pruning - every year.

Moss gardens can be velvety soft yet tough as nails
NEW MARKET, Va. -- Just what is this thing about moss? How is it that a primordial plant so soft and soothing generates so much angst among grass growers?

Clematis needs annual pruning

Georgia Tech hopes surge will continue
ATLANTA - The euphoria of winning the ACC tournament Sunday lasted about an hour for the exhausted members of Georgia Tech's baseball team.

Georgia Tech hopes surge will continue

GreenJackets' woes continue
Dan Generelli circled behind the mound with his head down and his back to the plate after striking out Asheville's Oscar Materano in the seventh inning.

Struggling outfielder progresses
Michael Goss has a million-dollar smile and a contagious laugh, but his Augusta GreenJackets teammates haven't seen or heard much of either lately.

Years of columns include some stolen moments

Jaguars keep on fighting

Changes for Royal & Ancient club

LPGA hoping for Sorenstam carryover
AURORA, Ill. -- Laura Diaz remembers making her way to the putting green as Annika Sorenstam teed off in her first tournament of the year, passing fans who had lined up eight deep.

Long days get the best of Nicklaus
DUBLIN, Ohio -- It's not easy hosting a big party. It gets harder every year for 63-year-old Jack Nicklaus.

Poulter, O'Hern share lead in Wales

Montgomerie opposes political battle for European Ryder captain
NEWPORT, Wales -- Colin Montgomerie warned Wednesday against making the choice of Europe's Ryder Cup captain into a public spectacle.

Poulter, O'Hern share lead in Wales
NEWPORT, Wales -- England's Ian Poulter shot a 7-under-par 65 Thursday despite tonsillitis, matching the course record and joining Australia's Nick O'Hern for the first-round lead at the Wales Open.

Assistant coach believes in Jaguars

Morgan begins defense of Nashville championship
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- No course has been more friendly to Gil Morgan than Nashville's Springhouse. That's why he looks forward to this point in the season every year.

Howell breezes through Muirfield with 64
DUBLIN, Ohio -- A sunny day at Muirfield Village should have been the first clue that the opening round at the Memorial might contain a few surprises.

After historic Colonial appearance, Sorenstam returns to LPGA
AURORA, Ill. -- Annika Sorenstam's tee time was still 15 minutes away and the crowd had already reached Tiger-esque proportions.

Irishman considers more time on PGA Tour
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Padraig Harrington of Ireland joined the PGA Tour as a special temporary member on Thursday, meaning he can take unlimited exemptions as he decides whether to play more in the United States.

LPGA hoping for Sorenstam carryover

Changes for Royal & Ancient club
LONDON -- The Royal & Ancient golf club is separating its private, all-male members' club from its commercial and rule-making role.

Montgomerie opposes political battle for European Ryder captain

Jaguars keep on fighting
STILLWATER, Okla. - The Augusta State golf team was following its game plan to perfection Wednesday, staying out of trouble at Karsten Creek Golf Club and steadily moving up the leaderboard in the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships.

Irishman considers more time on PGA Tour

Tiger returns to the PGA Tour
DUBLIN, Ohio -- A man and his young son waited on the first tee at Muirfield Village Golf Club before the sun could climb over the tree tops and start burning off the morning fog. Rumor had it that Tiger Woods was playing on the PGA Tour again.

Jags move into tie for ninth place
STILLWATER, Okla. - Augusta State lived up to its No. 2 ranking in collegiate golf Thursday, mainly because Scott Jamieson played like he used to.

Woods gets a look at Olympia Fields
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Tiger Woods was a late arrival to the Memorial on Wednesday for good reason. He played golf the day before with Michael Jordan at Olympia Fields Country Club outside Chicago, where the U.S. Open will be held in two weeks.

Assistant coach believes in Jaguars
STILLWATER, Okla. - For more than three decades, Henry Thomas has been a constant on the Augusta State golf program.

Jags move into tie for ninth place
STILLWATER, Okla. - Augusta State lived up to its No. 2 ranking in collegiate golf Thursday, mainly because Scott Jamieson played like he used to.

Long days get the best of Nicklaus

Morgan begins defense of Nashville championship

Tiger returns to the PGA Tour

Struggling outfielder progresses

GreenJackets' woes continue

A devil of a time: For first time, Mighty Ducks dealing with adversity
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ask Martin Brodeur about the New Jersey Devils' 1-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals and his own superlative play, and it sounds as if he's talking about a preseason practice or a trip to the dry cleaners.

Brodeur assumes title of hockey's best goalie
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Growing up in French-speaking Quebec, Martin Brodeur was no different than the tens of thousands of other hockey-playing Canadian youngsters who looked up to game's top players.

Shutout gives Devils 2-0 lead

A devil of a time: For first time, Mighty Ducks dealing with adversity

Shutout gives Devils 2-0 lead
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The trade that helped get the Anaheim Mighty Ducks into the NHL finals may cost them the Stanley Cup.

Brodeur assumes title of hockey's best goalie

On vacation? Brace yourself for e-mail onslaught
If you're going on vacation this summer, let me tell you what awaits you when you return - several hours of checking through your e-mails.

Lincoln County man killed in crash
The Georgia State Patrol said Friday that a Lincoln County man was killed in a one-car crash on Georgia Highway 21 in Screven County.

3 injured in early morning wreck
Police say three people - including the son of the Richmond County schools superintendent and the son of a sheriff's lieutenant - were injured in an early morning crash on Berckmans Road.

Civic center feasibility study overlooked
I am disappointed that no group nor the Augusta Commission requested a feasibility study regarding the existing civic center renovation. Charlie Hannah, Augusta

Commission has yet to clean up its act
Who wouldn't be incensed if, after spending 42 months and $123,000, the most significant finding of the special grand jury was that the Richmond County Commission remains dysfunctional, despite charter after charter, election after election and bad press after bad press? Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Was Godfather's pardon fair?
In regard to the news report of James Brown being pardoned of his past crimes, this is all well and good if it also applies to everyone who is ready and willing to say "I am sorry." Rosa Blodgett, Martinez, Ga.

Was Godfather's pardon fair?

Movie to be shown this summer blasphemous
It has come to my attention that a very controversial movie is being shown in Augusta this summer: Bruce Almighty, starring Jim Carrey, and Jennifer Aniston of Friends. Why the concern? Anna Howard, Augusta

Movie to be shown this summer blasphemous

Suggestions for Laney-Walker neighborhood
I have talked to a few affected people and read newspapers' comments about the Laney-Walker neighborhood where the proposed stadium is to be built. Tracy E. Williams Jr., Augusta

Some observations about Democrats
Here are some of my observations about current affairs: Lonnie E. Best, Martinez, Ga.

Confederate soldiers did not fight for slavery
During the recent controversy over the Georgia flag several writers stated that Confederate soldiers fought the war to preserve slavery. That statement is untrue. James Isdell, Augusta

Online divorce grows in popularity

Highlights in the life of Bob Hope

In the know

Bob Hope's 100th birthday brings a flood of 'Memories'

As Oscar emcee, Hope loved to sass the stars

100 years of Hope

Online divorce grows in popularity
NEW YORK -- Offering a simpler and cheaper path to divorce, an ever-growing array of dot-coms, computer-savvy lawyers and state court officials are encouraging unhappily married Americans to arrange their breakups online.

100 years of Hope
LOS ANGELES - One hundred years ago today, a son they named Leslie Towns Hope was born to a stonemason and his wife in the London suburb of Eltham.

Bob Hope's 100th birthday brings a flood of 'Memories'
LOS ANGELES -- Bob Hope might need another century to be thanked by all the veterans who cherish the wisecracker's performances for U.S. troops.

How 'Thanks for the Memory' became Hope's signature song
"Thanks for the Memory" became Bob Hope's signature song with the release of his very first feature film, "The Big Broadcast of 1938."

In the know
The Amazing Race 4 returns Thursday at 8 p.m. on CBS (WRDW-TV, Channel 12), and though it is sometimes overshadowed by other forms of "reality," this show provides competition that fans say is actually exciting. This time, the pairs who will race around the world include best friends who are both professional clowns and a couple described as "dating 12 years/virgins."

As Oscar emcee, Hope loved to sass the stars
During more than 20 appearances on Academy Awards shows from 1939 to 1978 as host, co-host or presenter, Bob Hope loved to tease the stars or joke about his own failure to win a regular Oscar.

Highlights in the life of Bob Hope
May 29, 1903 - Leslie Towns Hope born in Eltham, England.

Across the area

Across Georgia
NORFOLK, Va. -The man accused of killing and mutilating one nun and abducting another after killing his father in Georgia waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday.

Mayor plans move to downtown home
Mayor Bob Young and his wife, Gwen, are downsizing downtown.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Pfc. John F. Ruffin of Augusta.

Perdue fills ethics panel spots

Pastor reveals plans to resign
Dr. Timothy Owings will end 13 years in the pulpit of First Baptist Church of Augusta on June 8, according to a letter he mailed to church members this week.

Police try to keep edge
School resource officers walk a thin line between being police officers and being a friendly authority figure to teachers and pupils.

Airport leader's fate is debated
The future of Augusta Regional Airport's director was discussed by the Augusta Aviation Commission on Thursday, but no action was taken.

Audit of child services finds mixed results
The Office of the Child Advocate, a small statewide agency created to oversee child services, will return to Augusta later this year to determine whether improvements have been made in providing protection and foster care for children.

Mayor plans move to downtown home
Mayor Bob Young and his wife, Gwen, are downsizing downtown.

News you can use
MAY 29, 1943 Police and firemen were dragging the second level of the Augusta Canal on 13th Street early this morning for the body of Raymond Anderson, 18, of Estes Street, who was believed to have drowned last night while fishing along the banks of the stream.

Dallas teen wins national bee

Required letter blasts landfill
Taliaferro County commissioners who could be sent to jail over their refusal to sign a letter allowing an unwanted landfill in their community offered a compromise Wednesday - sort of.

Higher taxes look unlikely in fiscal plan

10th defendant sentenced in Aiken woman's 1969 race-riot killing
YORK, Pa. -- A white man who pleaded no contest to attempted murder and conspiracy in the 1969 murder of a young black woman during 10 days of race riots in York was sentenced to prison Wednesday for his role in the slaying.

News you can use
MAY 30, 1989 At about midnight tonight, the proposed Lamar Building parking garage is expected to die as the deadline passes on a $1.1 million federal grant earmarked for the project.

Adviser stresses need to save post
Thom Tuckey took his "save the fort" speech across the 13th Street bridge Wednesday morning to highlight how a base closure in Augusta could hurt business concerns on the South Carolina side.

Army hospital hopes to grow
Instead of downsizing and contraction, Eric Schoomaker has his mind on expansion.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Local governments will receive about $200,000 in state funds to fight potential base closings in South Carolina.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -An evangelist accused of sexually abusing children now faces charges in five counties, officials say.

Across Georgia
ATHENS -The man suspected in the killings of five Louisiana women has been eliminated as a suspect in the unsolved 1992 slaying of a University of Georgia student, authorities said Wednesday.

Perdue fills ethics panel spots
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue filled two of the three vacant seats on the State Ethics Commission Thursday.

Senior centers face shutdown
A request for $150,000 to keep four Augusta senior centers open through the end of the year will be considered by the city's finance committee June 9.

News you can use
MAY 30, 1989At about midnight tonight, the proposed Lamar Building parking garage is expected to die as the deadline passes on a $1.1 million federal grant earmarked for the project.

Area undertakes long fight to save installation
Community mobilization to help protect and expand Fort Gordon ahead of the 2005 round of base closures began even before U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss warned of base closures in January.

Correction

Across the area
Three women were injured Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 20 in Columbia County that caused both vehicles to flip, authorities said.

Board OKs equipment deal

Rants and Raves
TO THE PARENTS of Farmington and Pinebrook neighborhoods that let their kids drive golf carts: With the increase in overweight adolescents in the country today, you would think that maybe you should buy your kids a bike. They are a whole lot less expensive and a whole lot more healthy.

Man may face death

Budget doubts hinder rescue
With the state budget up in the air and Medicaid payments caught in a snarled computer system, plans are on hold to save the outpatient pharmacy at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics.

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Airport leader's fate is debated

Rants and Raves
TO THE PARENTS of Farmington and Pinebrook neighborhoods that let their kids drive golf carts: With the increase in overweight adolescents in the country today, you would think that maybe you should buy your kids a bike. They are a whole lot less expensive and a whole lot more healthy.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Air Force Airman 1st Class James Matthew Lawson of North Augusta.

Budget doubts hinder rescue

Board OKs equipment deal
Buying in bulk saves money, and with high-tech imaging equipment, University Hospital hopes it will also bring new expertise and insights from the company.

Serviceman of the day

Dental lab keeps grip on Army's needs
From Fort Gordon, teeth are made and shipped all over the world.

Rants and Raves
I WOULD LIKE to leave a rave for the men at Hillcrest Cemetery for taking their time to put flags on the veterans' graves for Memorial Day. It was greatly appreciated by this person because I had forgotten mine. And it made my day better to know that these men and women have not been forgotten by everyone.

Senior centers face shutdown

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Air Force Airman 1st Class James Matthew Lawson of North Augusta.

10th defendant sentenced in Aiken woman's 1969 race-riot killing

Across the area
Two Augusta teenagers were charged with burglary Thursday after deputies caught them hiding in a home whose front door had been forced open, a sheriff's report states.

Adviser stresses need to save post

Questions on religion re-emerge
AIKEN - Aiken County school board members are as familiar with religious requests as the South is to long, hot summers.

Audit of child services finds mixed results

Missing status holds
Aiken County sheriff's investigators continue to treat the disappearance of a 37-year-old Aiken woman as a missing persons case, not a homicide.

Across Georgia

Police try to keep edge

Dental lab keeps grip on Army's needs

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Rants and Raves
I WOULD LIKE to leave a rave for the men at Hillcrest Cemetery for taking their time to put flags on the veterans' graves for Memorial Day. It was greatly appreciated by this person because I had forgotten mine. And it made my day better to know that these men and women have not been forgotten by everyone.

Across the area

Couple collects lottery winnings
FORT MILL, S.C. - Anthony Wilson reluctantly acknowledged his life has changed a little since he walked into the Red Rocket Fireworks and bought $60 worth of quick-pick Powerball tickets about three weeks ago.

Correction
In Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle, incorrect information was given in a sports story on the NCAA Division I golf tournament. The tournament does still have a cut line; the top 18 teams after three rounds - and top six individuals not on those teams - advance to the final round.

Across Georgia

Missing status holds
Aiken County sheriff's investigators continue to treat the disappearance of a 37-year-old Aiken woman as a missing persons case, not a homicide.

Car crash injures three

Tax increases look unlikely in fiscal plan
AIKEN - No matter the final form of South Carolina's $5.3 billion budget, the fractious and prolonged legislative debates won't result in a permanent cash fix for Medicaid or public schools, politicians in both parties say.

Tax increases look unlikely in fiscal plan

Higher taxes look unlikely in fiscal plan
AIKEN - No matter the final form of South Carolina's $5.3 billion budget, the fractious and prolonged legislative debates won't result in a permanent cash fix for Medicaid or public schools, politicians in both parties say.

Army hospital hopes to grow

Questions on religion re-emerge
AIKEN - Aiken County school board members are as familiar with religious requests as the South is to long, hot summers.

Lincoln County man killed in crash

Man may face death
A 20-year-old Harlem man could face the death penalty if convicted of murder in the slaying of a west Augusta man in March.

Car crash injures three
Police say three people - including the son of Richmond County school Superintendent Charles Larke - were injured in a crash Thursday morning on Berckmans Road.

Dallas teen wins national bee
A 13-year-old eighth-grader from Dallas nailed "pococurante" to win the 76th Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee on Thursday in Washington.

Mom rediscovers passion for arm wrestling
Nicole Cisco might seem like your typical working mom - plant administrator at a sodium silicate manufacturing company, raising two daughters with her fiance in Appling.

Mom rediscovers passion for arm wrestling
Nicole Cisco might seem like your typical working mom - plant administrator at a sodium silicate manufacturing company, raising two daughters with her fiance in Appling.

Years of columns include some stolen moments
There's been a lot said recently - and deservedly so - about journalists who steal, lie and mislead, exerting much more effort in their charlatanism than they ever would have in doing the job right.

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God's phone number in 'Bruce Almighty' annoys like the devil

At the Movies: 'The Italian Job'
Mark Wahlberg isn't exactly Michael Caine - and thankfully, he isn't trying to be. The remake of "The Italian Job" isn't exactly the 1969 original - and it isn't trying to be, either. Which is exactly why it works.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

Video watch
JUST OUT: The Pianist and The Recruit

Actor isn't afraid to revisit old roles
LOS ANGELES - If Mark Wahlberg could do it all over again, would he appear in so many movie remakes?

God's phone number in 'Bruce Almighty' annoys like the devil
TAMPA, Fla. -- Talk about an almighty pain.

Mini reviews

Weekend hackers, here's your chance to make it big
OK, Augusta. Ready to tryout for the latest, freshest reality TV series?

Series will showcase jazz variety
Fans of June Jazz, the outdoor concert series that has been a riverside fixture since 1991, might be surprised to discover that the sax-at-sunset performances are expanding.

Series will showcase jazz variety
Fans of June Jazz, the outdoor concert series that has been a riverside fixture since 1991, might be surprised to discover that the sax-at-sunset performances are expanding.

NASCAR stands firm against attack on Jackson
NASCAR is caught in the middle of a relentless attack by a dogged critic of the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Schumacher, Ferrari have hard time in Monaco

Johnson hopes to stay on roll at Dover

NASCAR notebook
DOVER, Del. - In the span of 11 days, Jimmie Johnson won two races and $1,289,504. His crew chief was fined twice for breaking rules. His sponsor, Lowe's, extended its agreement with the Hendrick Motorsports race team through the 2007 season.

Q&A with Jimmy Spencer
After a slow start during the first three months of the season, Jimmy Spencer gave his new team, Ultra Motorsports, its best finish of the season last Sunday with a fourth-place showing at the Coca-Cola 600. Spencer talked about adjusting to a new team and his prospects for the rest of the season.

Racing facts - MBNA Armed Forces Family 400
Here are facts about this weekend's MBNA Armed Forces Family 400 race.

Hamilton gets pole after qualifying rainout

Safety remains priority
CONCORD, N.C. - Last week, NASCAR ordered all race teams to attach a second tether to their cars' front wheels to keep them from flying into the grandstands during a crash, and it approved a filtering system to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

NASCAR stands firm against attack on Jackson

Dodge ends contract with Bill Davis Racing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dodge Motorsports has terminated its contract with Bill Davis Racing, cutting off all support and access to information for drivers Ward Burton and Kenny Wallace.

Q&A with Jimmy Spencer

Hamilton gets pole after qualifying rainout
DOVER, Del. -- Bobby Hamilton was awarded the pole position for Friday's MBNA Armed Forces Family 200 race as rain washed out NASCAR Craftsman Truck qualifying at Dover International Speedway on Friday.

Safety remains priority

Schumacher, Ferrari have hard time in Monaco
MONTE CARLO, Monaco -- Despite their frequent success, Michael Schumacher and Ferrari have an unusual situation in this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix - they didn't win it last year.

Johnson hopes to stay on roll at Dover
DOVER, Del. -- After winning the last two weeks and signing a long-term contract, Jimmie Johnson could write his name in the record book at Dover International Speedway.

NASCAR notebook

Spurs eliminate Mavs
DALLAS -- An unused player with four championship rings engineered an unreal turnaround that sent the San Antonio Spurs to the NBA Finals for a chance at the franchise's second title.

Nelson calls Nowitzki 'very doubtful' for Game 6
DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki is not expected to play in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, Dallas Mavericks coach Don Nelson said Wednesday.

Finley stars in Nowitzki's absence

Jefferson getting tired of seconditis
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Richard Jefferson talks about basketball, he usually has a smile on his face and a confident tone in his voice.

Finley stars in Nowitzki's absence
DALLAS -- Before there was a Big Three, before Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash blossomed into All-Stars, there was only one player on the Dallas Mavericks worth watching: Michael Finley.

Spurs must stop in-game collapses
DALLAS -- From classy David Robinson to unflappable Tim Duncan to charming Frenchman Tony Parker, the San Antonio Spurs are filled with model citizens.

Nelson calls Nowitzki 'very doubtful' for Game 6

Jefferson getting tired of seconditis

Nets working and waiting for Spurs and Mavs to finish

Spurs must stop in-game collapses

Nets working and waiting for Spurs and Mavs to finish
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- No one on the New Jersey Nets seemed to care that Kenyon Martin was late, Aaron Williams was away for personal reasons and Brandon Armstrong was out sick on Thursday.

Spurs eliminate Mavs

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Overtime

Venus Williams struggles; just two U.S. men left

ACC begins site visit to Miami

Hillary unhappy with Everest conditions on 50th anniversary of conquest

Nepal, Hillary celebrate Everest anniversary

Weekend hackers, here's your chance to make it big

Overtime

Agassi overcomes teen in five sets; Harkleroad breaks through

Big money can't mask big problems for SEC

Overtime
Defending champion Laura Coble of Augusta shot a tournament-low 70 on Thursday to move into second place after two rounds of the Greater Atlanta Women's Amateur.

ACC begins site visit to Miami
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford headed a delegation that began touring the University of Miami on Thursday.

Wildwood Park lands disc golf headquarters
Columbia County is about to sport a new title: Disc Golf Capital of the World.

Tyson says he would rape victim now
Mike Tyson hasn't lost his penchant for saying the outrageous.

Agassi overcomes teen in five sets; Harkleroad breaks through
PARIS -- Andre Agassi sat in his chair a few extra seconds at each changeover, resting his body and composing his mind.

Nepal, Hillary celebrate Everest anniversary
KATMANDU, Nepal -- From modest Sherpas to the royal family, Nepal honored Sir Edmund Hillary on Thursday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mount Everest conquest and the climb that tested the limits of human endurance.

Overtime
Margaret Shirley, a rising senior at Lassiter High School in Roswell, Ga., shot even-par 72 for a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Greater Atlanta Women's Amateur Championship at Georgia National Golf Club in McDonough, Ga.

Big money can't mask big problems for SEC
DESTIN, Fla. -- The Southeastern Conference will distribute more than $100 million in revenues this year, yet another gaudy reflection of the strength of the nation's richest league.

Venus Williams struggles; just two U.S. men left
PARIS -- Venus Williams' play was so erratic, Mom sat up and took notice.

Hillary unhappy with Everest conditions on 50th anniversary of conquest
KATMANDU, Nepal -- On the eve of the 50th anniversary of his historic ascent of Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary complained about legions of climbers partying at base camp before scrambling up the world's tallest mountain on fixed ropes and ladders.

Soul singer has crossed into country

Soul singer has crossed into country
For singer Percy Sledge, best known for the 1966 hit When a Man Loves a Woman, soul music has country-music roots.

Hope's films have timeless laugh lines

'American Idol' gives Fox an easy ratings win

'American Idol' gives Fox an easy ratings win
NEW YORK -- Fox rode "American Idol" Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken into the winner's circle during the final few days of the television season.

'American Idol' gives Fox an easy ratings win
NEW YORK -- Fox rode "American Idol" Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken into the winner's circle during the final few days of the television season.

'The Wire' returns for its second season

'The Wire' returns for its second season
NEW YORK -- When it premiered last summer, "The Wire" was labeled "smart" - a terrible burden to bear, even for an HBO drama series. The implication: Watching this is work.

'American Idol' gives Fox an easy ratings win

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Sony shows PlayStation 'crossover' machine

Concert calendar

Applause calendar

Georgia defensive end won't pose for Playboy magazine spread
ATHENS -- When Playboy magazine unveils its All-America football team in its August edition, Georgia's star defensive end David Pollack will be missing from the photograph.

Hope's films have timeless laugh lines
As far as Bob Hope is concerned, I wasn't raised in a family of fans.

S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame honors amateurs, professional
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame will honor three amateurs and one professional athlete at an induction ceremony Thursday.

Former quarterback new 'Voice of the Gamecocks'
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina fans will hear a not-so-new voice on the radio when the Gamecocks take the field later this year.

S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame honors amateurs, professional

Former quarterback new 'Voice of the Gamecocks'

Muslim woman wants to keep on veil for license photo

Rapist's request prompts bill to ban release of victim photos

Ruse helps detectives get DNA sample

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